Public law

Public law

The “Public law” department provides advisory and litigation assistance to public and private institutions (service providers and partners), contributing its technical and operational expertise to their many projects and activities.


The “Public law” department is active in consulting and disputes (notably before administrative jurisdictions) on behalf of :

  • public and quasi-public organisations : State, regions, departments, municipalities, public corporations for inter-municipality cooperation, hospital establishments, mixed economy companies and public undertakings.
  • their service providers and partners : private actors in the real estate sector (investors, promoters, public project owners, prime contractors, PW&CE companies, etc.), design bureaus, public service delegated operators, industrial groups, associations, etc.

It provides them with the essential and operational technical expertise that they require for the set-up of their projects, the financing and management of public utility equipment, the organisation of activities and public services, and team management.

To this end, it provides expertise in the following domains :

  • property law and public orders : public contract, public service delegation, partnership contract - notably public/private partnership, administrative and hospital emphyteutic leases, agreements for the occupation of public lands,
  • public service law : personnel transfer (takeover on a time plus basis, outsourcing), mobility of public service agents, functional employment, disciplinary sanction, functional protection, tenure provisions, dismissal of contractual agents, summary procedures, suspension procedures,
  • regulatory, operational and individual urban planning law ; development law (PUP agreement, ZAC, subdivision),
  • environment and energy law : classified installations for environmental protection, fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable fuels,
  • regional administration law : property management (public domain), personnel management (public service), institutional relations (restructuring, inter-municipal structures), contractual engineering (analysis and choice of legal arrangements and partners), procurements (public purchasing), organisation and follow-up of their activities (public services, police, etc.),
  • arrangement of public, private and mixed real estate operations : project set-up, property oversight and purchase, choice of manufacturers, consideration of environmental constraints, follow-up of the works through to delivery to the end customer.

Rankings of the department

  • DECIDEURS 2023
    • Land management : Excellent
    • Commercial planning : Excellent
    • Administrative contracts & related litigation : Highly regarded
    • Local authorities & mixed economy : Highly regarded
    • Public law : Silver Trophy
    • Environment : Bronze Trophy


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